CITING respect for President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State who is laying claim to the chairmanship of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has postponed the meeting of the forum earlier scheduled to hold Thursday night, according to a source.
Meanwhile, Amaechi Wednesday in Abuja said all governors including Jang voted at the election which produced him as chairman of the forum, adding that it therefore smacked of anti-democratic tendencies on the part of those supporting Jang as the chairman of the NGF after he lost at the poll. “There will be a meeting of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Wednesday June 26, 2013,” Chidinma Onyenalim, an aide to Governor Amaechi had announced on Monday at 8.00 p.m. prompt. To be held at the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge, No. 5 Justice Mohammed Bello Street, Asokoro, Abuja.”
But the meeting has now been postponed after the Presidency went on to announce a presidential dinner with governors on the same date, at the same time, and at Abuja. Sources in Abuja revealed that the NGF governors loyal to Amaechi believe that they would be undermining the office of the President should the 19 of them proceed with the meeting, – “We are not at war with Jonathan,” a source said. “We want to prove to him that the NGF battle is not personal; it is about the sanctity of the ballot and democracy.”